Road rage shooting leaves Memphis 19-year-old charged with attempted murder, police say

Memphis, Tenn. — A near collision on Tuesday led to gunfire and an attempted murder on Sam Cooper Blvd, according to Memphis Police.

MPD said that a man was driving eastbound on Sam Cooper when a black Lexus sped up behind him and then got in the left-hand lane.

From there, police said 19-year-old Jason Cao rolled down the passenger side window and opened fire, sending at least one bullet into the man’s windshield.

According to a police affidavit, the man called police and followed Cao while telling police details of the Lexus and which way it was traveling.

Memphis Police said they were able to conduct a traffic stop on the Lexus and found Cao behind the driver wheel and a black Glock 19 with two spent shell casings in the passenger seat.

According to police, Cao waived his rights and told MPD that he shot at the man in a fit of rage after he had to swerve to avoid having a collision with the man’s truck.

Cao faces one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of aggravated assault and one count of employing a firearm with intent to commit a felony.